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Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:17

By Ted Robbins – NPR – April 4, 2014

Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry. Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats. That push for restoration paid off. Mexico is releasing part of its river allotment for eight weeks — the first time ever that water has been released to benefit the environment. It's called a pulse flow because it mimics a spring flood: a one-time event, before possible drought restrictions. For full story, click here.

LCV & NRDC Action Fund team up to steer more money into politics
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:13

By Juliet Eilperin – The Washington Post Politics – April 14, 2014

Two major environmental groups announced an alliance Monday between their political action arms in an effort to expand their influence on national policymakers. The League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund are starting LeadingGreen, a collaboration that will steer donations to federal candidates and enlist the help of major donors in lobbying elected officials. Although the move was not prompted by the Supreme Court’s decision this month to strike down the overall limit on how much individuals can give candidates and political parties, LCV President Gene Karpinski said the ruling highlights what has motivated the groups. “It underscores the fact we need more environmental money in politics, and we need more environmental donors doing advocacy to make sure politicians understand they feel strongly about these issues, and that’s what the new alliance is all about,” Karpinski said in an interview. For full story, click here.

U.K. funds bioenergy program in wetlands
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:11

By Daniel J. Graeber – UPI – April 18, 2014

Plant material from wetlands could be turned into a form of energy that could add to the growing British renewable energy mix, Minister Greg Barker said.Three companies -- AMW IBERS, Natural Synergies and AB Systems -- will share the reward to develop technology to turn reeds and other plant material from wetlands into energy. For full story, click here.

Obama proposal doesn't change ag rules--why are farm groups worried
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:08

By Annie Snider– E & E Publishing, LLC – April 7, 2014

Today, farmers and ranchers can freely do any number of things on their property affecting rivers, creeks and wetlands that no other sector could undertake without going to the federal government for permission. Agriculture is different, Congress decided when passing the 1972 Clean Water Act. For the most part, the people who grow the country's food can plow their fields, build roads, spread fertilizer and drain water off their crops without needing a permit for filling in wetlands or washing pollutants into streams. For full story, click here.

New Research on Wetlands, Methane & Greenhouse Effect
Monday, 21 April 2014 13:02

AZoCleantech.com – April 18, 2014

The recent Yokahama IPCC meeting painted a stark warning on the possible effects of gases such as methane – which has a greenhouse effect 32 times that of carbon dioxide. Now a team of Swiss-German researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may enter into a vicious cycle to release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere. For full story, click here.

Job: Project Manager II - Community Restoration, MD
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

Frederick County’s (MD) Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources is currently accepting applications for a grant-funded Project Manager II – Community Restoration position. This professional position is responsible for the coordination of the Community Restoration Program for Frederick County Government and facilitates the Monocacy & Catoctin Watershed Alliance (MCWA). These efforts will result in the implementation of multiple grant-funded projects and programs including the: Brook Trout Restoration in the Upper Monocacy (MD) program, the Riparian Buffers for Frederick County (MD) Streams – Student & Community Collaborative Service project, and Neighborhood Green (MD) program. For more information, click here. Closing date is May 2, 2014.

Climate change increasing massive wildfires in the West
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

By Doyle Rice – USA Today –  April 19, 2014

Massive wildfires are on the increase in the Western USA due to rising temperatures and worsening drought from climate change, and the trend could continue in the decades to come, new research suggests. Overall, the number of large wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, while the total area damaged by fire increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres per year, according to the study, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).The study comes against the backdrop of what could to be a disastrous year for fires in the West, especially drought-plagued California, which even saw fires in the normally quiet month of January. For full story, click here.

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